I’m Alison James, Professor of Learning & Teaching, National Teaching Fellow, Principal Fellow of the HEA and accredited LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® facilitator.
engaging imagination.com is my little corner of cyberspace, focussed, mostly, on playful, imaginative and creative pedagogies and how to develop these. This is what drives me in my work at the University of Winchester and in my talks, workshops and external activities. Here you will find out more about these and also information about me .
I hope you will also get a sense of the many brilliant people who have shaped my practice, informed my thinking and with whom I have been able to collaborate (As an example the banner sketch of me above was done by Natalie Eldred at a conference hosted by Anglia Ruskin and I’m delighted to finally find a home for it!). They fill me with a sense of pride and a huge debt of gratitude.
One particular collaboration which has meant a great deal to me was working with Professor Stephen Brookfield on our 2014 book Engaging Imagination: Helping Students Become Creative and Reflective Thinkers. Through this site you will also be able to access information about this book and companion materials to it.
You will also be able to access the site for a wonderful new book, which I have edited in conjunction with that creativity dynamo Dr Chrissi Nerantzi, called The Power of Play: Creativity in Tertiary Learning. It collects over 40 examples of play in higher education internationally and shows that play can be at the heart of advanced learning in almost any context. It is published by Palgrave MacMillan and is available as an e-book and hardcover copy.
So, welcome, once again and I hope you find these pages interesting and useful.